Feb 1, 2013 7:00am PST
'm chris jansing. the economy is back in the spotlight. we just got the first jobs report of the year. unemployment ticked up .1% to 7.9% for january, adding 157,000 jobs. that is about what was expected, and continues the slow but steady economic recovery. it comes right after we learned the u.s. economy shrank for the first time in three years. gdp fell up .1% in the fourth quarter of 2012. part of the economic pause was because of hurricane sandy. but it was also because of big cuts in defense spending. >>> we also learned yesterday that members of the president's job council are out of a job. the council had a two-year charter that will not be renewed. this morning, speaker john boehner said this is the wrong time for president obama to scrap his jobs council and delay his budget. month after month, we see the same thing, high unemployment and even more debt. the white house knew this criticism was coming. >> when we hear some of the somewhat ridiculous criticisms about this, they come from people on capitol hill who have consistently opposed every growth initiative and job creati
Feb 5, 2013 7:00am PST
to find a serious piece of economic evidence that low-end immigration is overall bad for the economy. it's good. it's a net -- it's a net positive for the economy. all kinds of immigration. because those folks that are coming in. particularly if they're on a path to legalization, are not doing the same task. they're not going for the same jobs as, say, an american with a high school degree. ultimately, this raises all those, and it's something that the dynamism of our country is based upon. >> and at the same time, the president, as he's done successfully in the past, he's got this idea to win over the public. let me play for you a little part of that big speech he gave in las vegas. >> remember that this is not just a debate about policy. it's about people. it's about men and women. and young people, who want nothing more than the chance to earn their way into the american story. >> there's a new gallup poll out today, chris. he has a 70% approval rating with hispanics. we know they voted for him by 71%. both sides are doing various things to try to court that vote. the republicans got
Jan 29, 2013 7:00am PST
. and you know, it's not just a situation for those immigrants who are facing this, but for the economy and businesses want it in some ways, a more clearer sense of what the rules are. so they're going to go out and do that. they believe that the public opinion is generally on the president's side, and by going out to these different locations like las vegas, where there's a large contingent in that state of hispanic voters supporting the president, that they're going to continue to sort of make progress in keeping this issue alive and keeping pressure on congress. >> and they're being very careful about how they talk about this. i mean, they're getting talking points about how you approach these kinds of issues, what words you use, everybody's running away from the possibility that this is amnesty. and let me play for you what mccain and schumer said on "morning joe" today. >> this is not amnesty. it is a tough path to citizenship, but it is an opportunity. and they get in line between -- behind everyone who has come to this country legally. >> you have to work. you have to pay taxes.
Jan 31, 2013 7:00am PST
remind us clearly of this reality. 21st century complexities, technologies, economies, threats are bringing 7 billion global citizens closer together than ever before. and as our planet adds another 2 billion people over the next 25 years, the dangers, complications and human demands will not be lessened but rather heightened. despite these challenges, i believe we also have historic opportunities to help build a safer, more prosperous, more secure, more hopeful and just world than maybe at any time in the history of man for all people. yes, hate tread and intolerance exists and we must be clear eyed about this danger. and we will be. we will not hesitate to use the full force of the united states military in defense of our security. but we must are also be smart and, more importantly, wise. wise in how we employ all of our nation's great power. america's continued leadership and strength at home and abroad will be critically important for our kcountry and the world. while we will not hesitate to act unilaterally when necessary, it is essential that we work closely with our all